One of the most common questions from my patients in Sidney is how they can whiten their teeth and brighten their smile. Our teeth are composed of enamel, which acts as a protective barrier that prevents cavities and tooth decay. Enamel also give your teeth their white color. Certain products we consume can break down the enamel in our teeth and cause stains. This can be caused by the acidity levels or by artificial food colorings.
Rule of thumb: If it can stain your carpet, it can stain your teeth.
Darkly pigmented beverages such as coffee, tea and cola can greatly discolor your teeth. Microscopic ridges on each tooth can catch residue from these beverages, which can cause discoloration. Cola also contains high levels of acidity, which can actually break down the enamel in your teeth. The food coloring in several processed foods that we eat can also cause staining as well. This includes fruit juices, popsicles and even ketchup. Visit Supersmile for more examples of foods that can stain your teeth.
Maintaining regular brushing and flossing is the best way to eliminate discoloration and keep your smile bright. Call our office to set up your next teeth whitening. For more tips on how to maintain proper oral hygiene, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.